If you’ve noticed that you’ve been receiving a lot of emails from the apps and services you’ve subscribed to regarding their privacy policies, that is because May 25 is drawing near. That date is when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will start to take effect in the European Union. Even if you don’t live in any of the countries there, it looks like most of the tech companies are implementing changes to global users as well. Google has now shared a summary of the preparations that they’re taking in order to be GDPR compliant.
Users still have granular controls over their privacy settings, that much hasn’t changed. But again, how you understand and access them has been improved. You can still choose what activity is saved to your Google account, you can choose to view and delete your data, take a security or privacy checkup, manage or mute the ads you see on various Google products, and get an overview of all the Google products you use, all from your Google Dashboard and My Activity center.
Google is also adding more services and contextual data controls to the Download Your Data tool so you always have the option to export your data. The GDPR also encourages direct service-to-service data transfers so they’ve come up with the Data Transfer Project on Github which developers can access. They’ve also come up with improved parental consent and tools to protect children online, which is a big component and requirement of the GDPR.
May 14, 2018 at 01:17AM